ASLIA Queensland Committee
The ASLIAQ committee is comprised of up to 9 members including a President, Secretary, Treasurer and committee members all whom are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Elections are held yearly, with all committee positions becoming vacant excluding the executive committee. The executive committee positions reflect a two (2) year term as to have at least two (2) remaining executive members continuing with the new committee. The executive position terms are paired as follows 1) commencing a term on the even years of election, President and Secretary 2) commencing a term on the odd years of election Vice President and Treasurer.
All Committee members work on a voluntary basis.
President: Julie Tait
Julie has been working in Deaf Education since completing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment & Language Disorders) in 1986. She has worked in a support unit for Deaf students in a primary school, a specialist School for the Deaf before gaining NAATI Para-professional Accreditation in 1993. Julie moved into the TAFE sector soon after, initially as an Auslan Interpreter, then as a Teacher of the Deaf and then as a Teacher/Consultant for Deaf Students in 2000. Julie left TAFE after 15 years and relocated to Brisbane in early 2015. Julie has been an active member of Disability Educators of NSW/ACT and ASLIA NSW. Julie was the recipient of the ASLIA NSW Interpreter Advocate of the Year Award in 2011. Julie has been a member of the Board of the Deaf Society of NSW since March 2014. Julie recently completed the Graduate Diploma of Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University. Julie is currently employed by Education Queensland supporting Educational Interpreters and Deaf students across South East Queensland. Julie is an avid amateur photographer and is enjoying exploring her new city.
Vice President – Megan Bytheway
Megan has been involved in the Deaf community for the last 30 years, and in 2014 completed the Diploma of Interpreting at South Bank TAFE and accredited as Para-professional shortly after. She has worked as an Educational Interpreter and freelance interpreter.
Megan pursued interpreting after nearly 20 years working in the environmental sciences and corporate sustainability. She has experience in project planning and system improvement projects and has experience working in volunteer-based committees in executive roles.
Megan is also passionate about quality communication, commitment-based accountability and quality feedback. She hopes to bring this experience and her enthusiasm as a new interpreter to ASLIAQ.
Treasurer – Julie Griffiths
Julie Griffiths completed the Diploma of Interpreting in 2006 at Southbank in Brisbane. She has been working as a freelance interpreter in the community and really enjoy interpreting in the medical field. Currently, she is working at the National Relay Service as a VRI and absolutely loving it! When she has free time, she can be found running aimlessly for kilometres training for a marathon. Julie is the current Treasurer of ASLIA Queensland, and is pleased to be a part of the awesome Queensland committee. She also looks forward to working with ASLIA as the Queensland RC member.
Secretary – Duke Moolenaar
Duke gained his Para-Professional NAATI accreditation in 2013 after completing the Diploma of Interpreting course at Southbank Tafe in the same year. He has worked as an Educational Interpreter since 2008 at both primary and high school levels and since becoming accredited he has also been working as a freelance interpreter.
Committee Member – Lesleigh Brennan
Lesleigh gained her initial "Level 2" qualification back in the day when there were no Auslan courses and no Interpreter training courses. After many years of experience primarily in the higher education sector she became brave enough to sit for her then "Level 3" accreditation which she gained in 1998, just prior to WFD here in Brisbane. Lesleigh is also a qualified teacher of the Deaf (also from long ago). She has upgraded these qualifications with a Post graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics from Griffith University. The first "not yet ASLIA" meeting was held with interested colleagues in her lounge room, many ( too many) years ago!. Lesleigh was an active member on the ASLIAQ Committee for many years, so having had a break, she has returned to the Committee with renewed vigor and excitement to work with and for colleagues this wonderful profession. The "teacher" in Lesleigh has never died, and she also has presented workshops and delivered Interpreter Training over the years.
Committee Member – Brett Miltion
Committee Member – Neva Milton
Committee Member – Bernadette Chapman
Committee Member – Ana Duncan